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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Wallace Jones Papers, circa 1787-1840



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jones, George Wallace, 1804-1896
Title: George Wallace Jones Papers
Dates: circa 1787-1840
Abstract: George Wallace Jones (1804-1896), born in Vincennes, Indiana, was a prominent jurist and politician in the upper mid-west region of the United States. This collection of approximately 200 documents consists largely of letters sent to George W. Jones by his siblings: John Rice Jones, Jr.; A. Jones; Maria Jones; Myers Jones; and Will Jones. In addition, the collection includes letters, receipts, and legal documents (some in French) belonging to George Jones’s father, John Rice Jones, Sr., who was a partner of Moses Austin in the lead mining business in Missouri.
Accession No.: 2008-310
Extent: 4 inches
Language: Materials are written in English and French.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George Wallace Jones (1804-1896), born in Vincennes, Indiana, was a prominent jurist and politician in the upper mid-west region of the United States. He graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in 1825. After being admitted to the bar, Jones moved to Michigan Territory where he worked as a miner and storekeeper; served in the Black Hawk War; and was a judge of the county court. He served as congressman from Michigan (1835-1837) and as one of the state of Iowa’s first U. S. senators (1848-1859) after it was admitted as a state. Due to his close friendship with Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Jones was accused of disloyalty by Secretary of State William Seward and arrested in 1861. President Lincoln released him from jail after 34 days of captivity. He died and is buried in Dubuque, Iowa. Jones County, Iowa, is named in his honor.

Sources: Jones, George Wallace, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress [Online].

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Scope and Contents

This collection of approximately 200 documents consists largely of letters sent to George W. Jones by his siblings: John Rice Jones, Jr.; A. Jones; Maria Jones; Myers Jones; and Will Jones.

In addition, the collection includes letters, receipts, and legal documents (some in French) belonging to George Jones’s father, John Rice Jones, Sr., who was a partner of Moses Austin in the lead mining business in Missouri. There are approximately 11 documents signed by Austin. This portion of the collection mainly documents a mine claim ownership dispute referred to as the “Renault Claim,” but it sheds light on Moses Austin’s business activities and the economic history of the upper Louisiana Territory.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jones, George Wallace, 1804-1896—Archives.
Jones, John Rice.
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895.
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life.
Texas—History—19th century.
Texas—History—Republic, 1836-1846.
United States—Navy—History—19th century.
United States—Territorial expansion—History—19th century.
Places
Texas.
Iowa.

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Related Material

See also Jones (John Rice Jr.) Papers, 1835-1887, 1931, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Wallace Jones Papers, circa 1787-1840, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/F78 John Rice Jones, Sr., 1787-1827, undated
John Rice Jones, Jr., 1822-1842
Augustus Jones, 1822-1853, undated
Myers F. Jones, 1822-1837
Will Jones (includes letter from Elizabeth Scott), 1827-1831
Maria Jones, 1822-1844
George W. Jones, 1838
Assorted, 1793, 1822, 1876, 1905, undated

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